Last updated December 21st, 2018
The Overland Bound Forums and online community gathering points are a virtual rendezvous for adventure seekers who like to learn, share and engage in conversations about overlanding. We aim to create a community that shares information freely and helps each other out.
Here is how you help us create and maintain this positive environment both here on the site, and in the wild, wild west of Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
Overland Bound Community Guidelines Overview
Here are the main bullet points:
- We are happy to have you here! We look forward to your contributions to the Overland Bound community and overland conversation.
- Be civilized. Don’t be a jerk. Don’t engage trolls. We’ll remove posts and comments intended to bring the conversation down with overt negativity, off-topic ranting, and language meant to target a group or individual.
- Want to let us know about something you like or don’t like? We listen to all feedback, both positive and negative. We appreciate the input. There’s a contact form at the end of this page to communicate directly with our community team.
- Help the moderators and Regional Directors and be courteous to them. It’s a small crew of folks who have been around these parts for a long time and they work to keep the energy and culture positively focused on overlanding.
Code of Online Conduct
We work with our moderators to foster a supportive and collaborative environment for sharing information and planning adventure. If your comment or forum thread does not contribute to this desired end result, our team will take action.
Here’s what you need to know about comments and posts that will be removed and possibly get you banned. Moderators reserve the right to remove anything deemed inappropriate.
- Spam: Zero tolerance. It will be deleted regardless if it’s human or spam bot. Self-promotion and blatantly advertising relevant or non-relevant products across multiple threads are included in this definition. Promoting your company and its products/events, personal brand, YouTube channel, or other projects across multiple Overland Bound groups/threads will be considered spam. (And by all means, please share your adventures with your group! But please do not share across 5 groups and 7 forum threads asking everyone to subscribe to your YouTube channel etc.)
- Advertising: The Overland Bound Forums and official Overland Bound groups in any social network (such as Facebook) are advertisement free. Membership to Overland Bound does not grant promotional access to other members for marketing or sales purposes. We take this very seriously. If you would like to promote your business or organization within the Overland Bound member network, please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org to work directly with our marketing team.
- Personal attacks: Personal attacks and insults are unnecessary. If a conversation starts to turn into name calling with inflammatory language, our moderators will step in and end the conversation.
- Commenting on someone’s physical appearance or using hate speech: Keep it focused on the conversation at hand. If you go anywhere near personal attacks or hate speech, we will remove your post. See previous rule.
- Racism, sexism, and other discrimination: Making negative and broad generalizations about entire classes of people won’t work here. Posts will be removed and users will be banned for repeat occurrences.
- Trolling: This is one word that describes all sorts of poor online behavior, and we’ll immediately take steps to eliminate trolls from the conversation. If you are banned for trolling, we encourage you to self-reflect on what is really upsetting you, because it’s probably not overlanding or online forums.
- NSFW content: The forums and private groups are PG. We reserve the right to remove content deemed unacceptable. Harsh language, porn, gore, etc are a no go.
- Doxxing: Revealing someone’s personal information will get you booted quickly. It’s deplorable.
- Illegal activities: No links to illegal gear, weapons, drugs, or sites that promote illegal activity. No posting of events or activities that encourage or facilitate the destruction of public, or trespassing of private lands.
- Multiple accounts and throwaway emails: We are interested in supporting people who are here to discuss, learn and share about overlanding. Only one account per user, and no burner emails. Accounts created to impersonate or mock another person will be banned.
If you see any of the above activity on our site, REPORT the post. Don’t reply or engage, just hit the report button at the bottom of their post. Our team will jump in and take action.
Why all the rules? I’m entitled to my opinions.
You’re free to say whatever you like and act however you like other places, but not here. The Overland Bound forums and private Facebook groups are like virtual meeting spots for planning trips, asking questions, and contributing positively to the community. We are made up of folks from all walks of life and skill levels in regards to overlanding. We expect our members, friends and guests to show up and be courteous. We will protect this virtual meeting point from negativity, trolling, and conversations that detract from the overlanding conversation. This is not to say you can’t disagree with Overland Bound or others on the site. We listen to everyone, including our harshest critics. We ask that the discussion and debate be civilized, that it stays solution oriented, and that it does not dissolve into a flamewar. It’s a simple request.
Moderation, Moderators and Your Account
I have a question about an action taken by a moderator.
We are happy to discuss with you privately. You can submit your request in the form below and we’ll have someone from our community team jump in to help sort it out.
How do I help the moderators?
Overland Bound moderators work to ensure the best interests of the community and the conversation are maintained. You can help them by flagging inappropriate comments or threads, and if you receive a warning from a moderator for a violation of our Code of Online Conduct, we ask that you make the appropriate changes.
How can I become a moderator?
Moderators are folks who have been around the Overland Bound forums for awhile and have consistently contributed to the community and culture. We don’t have a forum vetting process for mods, but if you’re interested, we encourage you to be active, answer questions, report with good reason, and help newcomers settle in. The world can always use more helpful and nice people.
Making Changes to Your Account
Need to disable your account, or request a name change? Use the form below to send your request over to our team.
Contact us with your question!
Want to request a feature? Is there an issue or bug on the forums, Resource Map or Rally Point? Use the form below!
Submit Your Feedback/Request/Inquiry Here
Thank you again for being part of the Overland Bound community!